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Schools Mental Health Service

Age range: 5-18

Location: Brighton & Hove        Tel: 01273 294 411

About the service

The Brighton & Hove Schools Mental Health Service works in and with all maintained schools and colleges across the city to support Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing.

By supporting a whole school approach and offering early intervention when mental health needs are mild to moderate, our team of over 30 practitioners and therapists can help young people develop the tools they need for good mental health throughout their lives.

Our work to support CYP mental health and emotional wellbeing includes:

  • Whole school work like staff training, such as accredited Mental Health First Aid
  • Supporting school triage to ensure CYP and parents are directed to the most appropriate services for their need: in secondary schools, an embedded Primary Mental Health Worker attends and supports school triage. Primary schools can choose to attend triage as a cluster group to discuss themes, support needs and cases
  • Group work for parents and pupils on issues such as anxiety and resilience
  • Supporting with signposting school staff and parents to activities and services
  • Offering 1-1 interventions for mild to moderate difficulties, including CBT, art therapy and play therapy
  • Offering group therapeutic interventions, like Forest School, bouldering, and creative therapies
  • Providing reflective spaces for staff
  • Family Support, either alongside the work of a Primary mental health worker or as a stand-alone service
  • Helping schools to develop and integrate pupil voice into the whole school approach to mental health
How to access this service

The service is free and can be accessed through your child’s school. See the school’s website for further information on how to access support, or speak with your school’s Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO). All schools have a SENCO.

Referrals are made by schools/colleges and sent to [email protected]

Referrals will be triaged by the service before deciding on the most appropriate support. School staff can discuss a referral before making it with your school’s Primary Mental Health Worker. If you would like the referral to be considered for specific support, such as a Family Support Worker, CBT or a group, please note that on the form.